Friday, June 19, 2009

2009 East Coast Trip - Day 1 - Cooperstown

Jack will spent the next week playing baseball with the Elk Grove Gunners 10U team in Cooperstown, New York. He and I met most of the team at the Sacramento Airport mid-morning on Friday. We caught a noon flight from Sacramento to Midway Field in Chicago. The last hour of the flight was extremely bumpy and it was a rough landing. We were scheduled to stay on the plane and continue on to Albany, New York.

After they got everyone loaded, a lightning alarm sounded and they took everyone off the plane. The plane was actually being buffeted pretty heavily in the wind as it sat at the gate. As we passed, the pilots, I heard the co-pilot say to the pilot "have you ever seen the wings vibrate like that?" The pilot said no...

We were lucky. After an hour of standing in the terminal, they boarded the plane and we were on our way. This leg was a little smoother.

We landed in Albany about 11:30 p.m., about an hour and a half behind schedule. Sharon and I have a saying when we travel: any day that you end up were you were supposed to be is a good day. By the time, we got all of the luggage, got the boys and coaches loaded in the bus and collected the rental cars, it was almost 12:30 a.m.

It was an hour and a half drive to the Cooperstown Dream Park. We rolled up to the park just before 2:00 a.m. After making sure that Jack was pointed in the right direction, I headed towards the house that Sharon rented. In the dark and the fog, I would never have found it without the GPS. By the time, I got to bed it was after 3:00 a.m.!

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